There are a whole lot of ways to make coffee: a Chemex for the hoity-toity mad scientists, a Keurig for the efficiency machines, an automatic drip coffee maker for your mom, probably. But there's one method that's generally agreed upon as a-okay. A solid choice. Respectable! You don't just push a button, but you don't sit there for half-an-hour willing perfection either. The method I'm referring to, pals, is the French press. You’ve probably used one before because you have one at home, or you’ve been handed one when you ask for a coffee at a cool restaurant with exposed brick walls. It’s not a “cool” way to make coffee, per se, but it’s also entirely inoffensive.
A coffee press is a pretty simple machine, all things considered: there’s a beaker, usually with some sort of handle, and a plunger, attached to the lid. To use it, you dump your coffee into the beaker, cover it with near-boiling water, and give it a stir. Then put the lid on, and keep the plunger above the water while the coffee steeps for a few excruciating, caffeine-deprived minutes. Then you push down the plunger to get the grounds out of the way, and pour yourself a cuppa. Easy enough.
The design wizards among us have taken on the humble coffee press and made it, well, beautiful. So if you were just looking at your few-years-old French press, thinking, “I like you, buddy, but I want you to look more interesting,” I have a few suggestions.
Wood + glass = gosh darn beautiful.
As smooth as the brew you're about to drink.
To buy: Osaka Cafetiere 6 Cup (27 oz) Double-Walled Borosilicate Glass, $19.99, on Amazon
Drink from this while you sit in your Eames chair.
A goth robot aesthetic.
A few cups from this guy and you'll operate like a well-oiled machine.
For the coffee drinker with an appreciation for tea pots.
To buy: Bodum Columbia 4-Cup Double Wall French Press Coffee Maker, $37.13, on Amazon
It costs (and looks like) a pretty penny.
I bet you didn't know Le Creuset also made coffee making accoutrements.
Looks like a toy, works like the real thing.
To buy: Gourmet 1 Liter Red, Green, and Blue Retro French Press Coffee Brewer, $12.99, on Amazon